The Internet, The Revolution. BY SHARMILA RAMANATHAN

The digital age in the 21st century has resulted in students or be it the general public receiving information instantly and globally. Today it is hard to find someone without at least two different means of accessing the Internet.  Be it with smartphone, tables, laptops and so on. By having the internet as a tool to source information in tertiary education, it has both promises and challenges too.

The internet being only a technology tool, to be effective it must be used for the right purposes, not every nail requires a nail gun, sometimes a hammer will do. Similarly, as much as the internet provides information fast and almost free but it also takes away the experience of students spending hours and hours in the University library finding for the right book or the right chapter in the book needed for their readings.

According to Sloan, over 6 million students were taking at least one online course whereby nearly one third of all college and university students have taken at least one online course. This clearly shows that the future is already here whereby we are moving more and more to the digital world in our social world, education, source of information and so on. According to Barbara Means, a leader in evaluating technology-supported educational innovations led a team of researchers to study evidence-based practices in online learning. “A meta-analysis of more than 175 studies found that online learning or blended learning conditioned produced stronger learning outcomes than did classes with solely face-to-face instruction” (Barbara 2013). However, it is still questionable to me, although studies has shown that the internet is a better learning outcomes as compared to the traditional manner of learning, but does it really provide an University/College feel? Or is it just another experience of being in the Digital world.

Reference

Colson, M (2013), ‘Richard E. Miller’s ‘Writing at the End of the World’’, Truth Tableaux, weblog post, 6 Jan, accessed 25 April 2013,
< http://truthtableaux.com/2013/01/06/richard-e-millers-writing-at-the-end-of-the-world/>.

Sloan (2013), ‘The Future of Higher Education in the Digital Age’ accessed 25 April 2013, http://idfive.com/insight/whitepapers/future-higher-education-digital-age

Barbara (2013), ‘Teaching in a Participatory Digital World’ Education Canada, accessed 25 April 2013http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/teaching-participatory-digital-world

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